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EPA lays out 1st steps to clean up southwest Colorado mines

EPA lays out 1st steps to clean up southwest Colorado mines

The Associated Press
June 14, 2018 02:39 PM

DENVER (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has come up with an interim plan to hold back toxic heavy metals that spill into rivers from old southwestern Colorado mining sites.

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The proposal released Thursday calls for taking short-term cleanup steps while the EPA searches for a more permanent solution under the Superfund program.

The interim plan focuses on controlling or removing contaminants at 26 sites including mine waste piles, ponds and rivers. The cleanup will eventually cover 48 mining sites.

The cleanup was prompted by a massive 2015 spill at the Gold King mine near Silverton. An EPA-led contractor crew inadvertently triggered a blowout of 3 million gallons (11.4 million liters) of wastewater contaminated with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals.

The yellow-orange waste stream polluted rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

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